The journalist of the Efe Arturo Escarda Agency, who since 2011 was working on the Moscow delegation, has died drowned in the Famara beach of Lanzarote when trying to rescue a friend, according to family sources.
Escarda, 40, died trying to rescue a friend on Famara beach, located in the town of Teguise, where he had gone with a group of friends on vacation.
He was born in Russia and grew up in Moscow, Canary Islands and Madrid, where he studied journalism.
It was in the Canary Islands, where he returned frequently, where he trained as a journalist and where he worked for six years in media such as La Voz de Lanzarote, Archipelago TV, Crónicas de Lanzarote and Televisión Canaria.
His colleagues define him as a "great professional" and "above all a good person" that he loved his profession and knew perfectly his country, its people and its culture, which he transmitted in his information about Russia.
According to Efe emergency service sources, the incident in which Escarda lost his life occurred at 3:44 pm on Friday.
At first, the rescuers rescued four people, from a group of six who had problems in the water.
One of them, the journalist, was unconscious and therefore they performed a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Health personnel arrived in an ambulance to the area continued resuscitation maneuvers, but could not reverse the bather's unconsciousness and finally confirmed his death.
An emergency helicopter traveled to the area to search for the other two bathers, who were eventually rescued by the local police.
One of them is a 35-year-old woman who presented some difficulty breathing, but whose state of health is not serious.